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National Geographic Channel

  • Sunday 2 September at 2:00PM
  • National Geographic Channel


Technology has enabled man made structures to stand against nature's fury and testing times. Cast into the making of the biggest engineering marvels as we unravel the art and science that goes behind it. From the people who designed them to those who built, comes a story of carving landmarks out of mere bricks and steel.


  • Megastructures
  • Megastructures: Burj Al Arab
    Burj Al Arab is an architectural icon that pushes boundaries of engineering to the limit. How does a bold young design team tackle building the tallest and most luxurious hotel in the world?
  • Megastructures: Ultimatet Vegas Casino
    Explore the incredible building, design & operation of The Venetian Casino in Las Vegas - set to be the world's largest hotel in 2006. See how did the masterminds replicated Venice on the Vegas Strip.
  • Megastructures: Mumbai
    Examine Mumbai's large-scale lunch delivery known as the “dabbahwallah” system, one of the best-managed supply chains in the world.
    Next Showing:  
    Sunday 2 September at 2:00PM - National Geographic Channel
    Thursday 6 September at 11:00AM - National Geographic Channel

  • Megastructures: Harvesting The Sun
  • Megastructures: London Olympic Stadium
  • Megastructures: Dubai Palm Island
    An ambitious engineering feat is underway to constructed islands to transform Dubai into one of the world's premiere tourist destinations.
  • Megastructures: Mundra Port
  • Megastructures: Delhi IGI Airport, T3
  • Megastructures: Buddh F1 Circuit
  • Megastructures: Dubai Mega Mall
    The Dubai Mall when completed will be the largest mall in the world. But its mega size more than 500,000 square metres - and its location middle of the desert masks massive problems.
  • Megastructures: Mega Mosque
    The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, constructed over the past twelve years in Abu Dhabi contains both the worlds largest chandelier from Germany and the worlds biggest carpet from Iran.
  • Megastructures: Super Sky Tram
    For over 40 years the Big Red Box at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, carried skiers, hikers, paragliders, and sightseers up to the 3,400-meter summit of Rendezvous Mountain. But nothing lasts forever, so when cable inspector Norm Duke found evidence of stress fractures inside the aging steel track cables, there was no choice but to tear down and replace Jackson's iconic aerial tram. At a cost of $31 million, this 2-year mega-construction project is a top-to-bottom, state-of-the-art replacement. It will operate in 120-kph winds and 25-below zero temperatures, all with the quiet precision of a giant Swiss watch. Construction crews battled a record-breaking snowfall, zero visibility, high winds, and impassable mud-slick mountain roads to build its five towers and two terminals, and string more than ten miles of heavy steel cable. Filmed over a 2-year period, from Swiss factories to the mountains and towns of western Wyoming, Cable to the Sky tells the compelling story of dedicated men who risk their lives in a battle to finish this state of the art megastructure before winter closes in.
  • Megastructures: UK Super Train
    Its one of the biggest construction projects in British engineering history. A new high-speed rail line costing several billion pounds and cutting through some of the most heavily developed land on the planet to complete a high speed link between two of Europes major capitals London and Paris. High Speed Ones design and construction overcame unprecedented obstacles to achieve what many thought was impossible. Get on board as we explore the engineering behind this UK super train line.
  • Megastructures: China's Smart Tower
    The Pearl River Tower is one of the first of a new generation of super smart buildings. It will use less than half the energy of a conventional skyscraper and will harvest the forces of nature to make energy of its own. With a curved facade that faces directly into the wind, the Pearl River Tower in China's Guangzhou City is shaped for performance. With a design specific to its environment, the Pearl River Tower utilizes a multitude of energy efficient technologies in one single structure, and symbolizes the future for super-tall building design.
  • Megastructures: World's Tallest Tv Tower
    At 610m high the Guangzhou Sightseeing and TV Tower is the tallest television tower on earth and among the world's top ten tallest buildings. Tough enough to withstand typhoon, earthquake and other assaults from Mother Nature, this elegant building forced a rewrite of the rule books. A deceptively simple twist in the middle of the main 450m tower sets this super tall building in a mega class of its own and, proves a test of massive proportions for the team responsible for breathing life into the vision of Dutch architects Mark Hemel and Barbara Kuit.
  • Megastructures: The sheikh zayed grand mosque
    12 years in the making, more than 2500 people have been working on a project that’s intended to become a national icon. The construction of the Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is destined to be the biggest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. The final result is nothing short of spectacular, not only in sheer size, but also in architectural and creative beauty; this is not just a mega structure but an artistic statement on a massive scale.
  • Megastructures: Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi
    The Capital Gate building will create an iconic and avant-garde entrance to the city of Abu Dhabi. Leaning at a whopping 18 degrees westward, the tower will claim the Guinness Book of World Records title of Most Inclined Building on Earth. Discover how the engineers and architects overcome the force of gravity, and transform this vision into reality.
  • Megastructures: Shanghai Super Tower
    What do you get if you take sixty thousand tons of steel, 260,000 cubic meters of concrete, 2000 dedicated Chinese workers and the best design brains in the business? The Shanghai World Financial Center. At 101 floors high it will not only be the tallest building on the Chinese mainland but one that can withstand the toughest challenges Planet Earth can throw at a skyscraper... and even deadlier human threats.
  • Megastructures: Autobahn
    It is the most famous road in the world-the Autobahn and one of the few places in the world where serious drivers can race luxury cars for seemingly endless stretches of mile after scenic mile¿at eye flattening speeds. The history, technology, and lore surround this modern marvel is truly impressive. Every driver that ever embraced the freedom of the open road owes a nod to Germany, because the modern highway was invented here. The Autobahn (meaning high-speed motorway system) is truly one of a kind.
  • Megastructures: Kansai Airport
    The Kansai Airport in Japan is considered to be one of the great engineering achievements in the world, second only to the Panama Canal. It is a "State-of-the-Art" facility that handles over a million passengers a week. It has all the operational problems of a normal International Airport, but on top of that it has to contend with typhoons, earthquakes and to top it all off¿ it's sinking! We will go behind the scenes to figure out how this feat of engineering works.
  • Megastructures: The Millau Bridge
    Opened in December 2004, the Millau Bridge in Southern France is the tallest in the world reaching 1,125ft. This 2.5 kilometer long megastructure is even taller than the Eiffel Tower. The project's vital statistics tell a story of engineering derring-do. The roadway viaduct is cradled by 154 steel stays that look like gigantic cobwebs of steel stretched out from the seven cloud-piercing concrete piers. The top of one of the piers is big enough to hold a tennis court.
  • Megastructures: Channel Tunnel
    Dateline 1987. Thousands of workers go into action. Their task: to build the world's longest undersea railway tunnel in one of the world's most hostile environments. The Channel Tunnel is an engineering marvel. Yet in the face of financial meltdown; an epic battle with flood; and a near fatal fire, the Tunnel's story is a hard won triumph.
  • Megastructures: Atom Smasher
    Take a look inside the most ingenious and awe-inspiring structures of all time. From architectural triumphs of ancient times to the cutting edge science and technology behind marvels being built around the world today, MEGASTRUCTURES reveals the methods used and the challenges faced at every stage of design and construction.
  • Megastructures: Golden Gate Bridge
    The Golden Gate Bridge: We reveal how this structure was originally designed and built and how it will survive into the future.
  • Megastructures: China's Ultimate Port
    In 2002, Chinese engineers and workers tackled one of the biggest construction projects on Earth. Thirty kilometres out to sea, in the middle of the ocean is the location for Yangshan Deep Water Port. With twenty kilometres of quay and fifty berths, Yangshan is destined to become the biggest deepwater port ever built. Linked to China by the world's second-longest ocean bridge, Yangshan's deep water allows the world's biggest container ships to come calling. Its massive cranes, cutting-edge control system, and focused personnel are already shattering records for loading and unloading gigantic container ships and it's not even finished being built.
  • Megastructures: Seoul: Unlocking The Grid
    On 1 July, 2004, under the circumstances, the city implemented an innovative traffic reform. It introduced, for the first time in the world, a state of the art transport system by coupling IT technology with a traffic policy and carried out a citizen-oriented comprehensive traffic policy.This program will take a close look into its traffic reform policy and the secrets to success, and introduce scientifically its state of the art transport system, a key technology to the success.
  • Megastructures: Super Copter
    Using live action, re-creations, amazing archival footage and advanced CGI, we marvel at the creation of today's super choppers.
  • Megastructures: The Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi
    Leaning at a whopping 18 degrees westward, five times more than the Tower of Pisa, with a hundred foot overhang, the Capital Gate building of Abu Dhabi will push skyscraper technology to its limit.
  • Megastructures: Skyscraper In The Round
    Skyscraper in the Round reveals how the extraordinary Aldar HQ skyscraper, in the form of a circle sitting on its edge, came to be built.
  • Megastructures: Porsche
    Rolling off the assembly line and taking the world by storm in 1964, the Porsche 911 is now one of the worldís iconic sports cars.
  • Megastructures: Dubai Racecourse
    In the middle of the desert a carpet of lush green grass grows on the world's most luxurious racecourse. Overlooking the course is a 1.6 kilometre (1 mile) long land-scraper that boasts six star luxury for both man and horse. The sheer scale of this project is awe-inspiring. Its imaginative design puts Meydan into a league of its own. And while Meydan's construction teams face extreme challenges to meet a seemingly impossible deadline, event staff race to ensure that the grand opening of Meydan for the Dubai World Cup will be as glamorous and spectacular as the venue itself…
  • Megastructures: Singapore's Vegas
    With its vibrant diversity of attractions and facilities and the ground-breaking design that creates maximum visual impact, Singapore's Marina Bay Sands development is bound to become a timeless landmark. Seldom before have so many challenges been encountered by engineers and builders. As the complex involves hotel towers, a museum, casino, waterfront promenade, theatres and a skypark - all being worked on simultaneously, it is one of the largest and most complex construction sites that engineers ever had to deal with.
  • Megastructures: World Record Cruise Ship
    In December 2009 the Oasis of the Seas shattered all records and became the biggest cruise ship ever built. Apart from sheer size, the ship is a high tech vessel for the 21st century, and presents features that have never been seen on a ship before. That includes an entire park with trees and over 12000 plants and accommodation and amenities for more than 6200 guests and 2300 crew members.
  • Megastructures: Trains, Planes and Automobiles
    I love what I do. I get to tear stuff up. Every day around the world, thousands of planes, trains, and automobiles get cut down to size for recycling. A jumbo jet costing a quarter of a billion dollars becomes parts the size of beer cans in a matter of hours. An 18-tonne steel rail car is attacked by some of the world's most expensive knives. And a fleet of automobiles dies a torturous death -the equivalent of an agonizing tooth extraction and an elaborate cremation... all part of the process of shredding and recycling. Finally, shredded metal is reborn as shiny new automobiles.
  • Megastructures: Hoover Dam Bridge
    To save the life of one of the most iconic engineering wonders of all time requires the creation of another. Witness the rise of an engineering masterpiece: The Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. Spanning the canyon below the Hoover Dam itself this feat of engineering has taken over 1200 people, 6 years to complete at a cost of 240 million dollars. Many said it would be impossible, they've been proven wrong.
  • Megastructures: London Olympic Stadiun
  • Megastructures: Secrets of the Taj Mahal
    Taj Mahal was built by the Great Mogul Shah Jahan in honour of Mumtaz Mahal, the love of his life. It took over 20,000 workers to build this mausoleum.
  • Megastructures: Extreme Railway
  • Megastructures: Monster Shredder
    Every day across the globe, monster machines burst into life to do one job: devour mountains of scrap metal. What does it take to create these industrial titans? We follow one man's challenge: building a mega-shredder from start to finish. It's a giant jigsaw puzzle with more than 5,000 parts -- and it's the first thing he's ever built.
  • Megastructures: Heavy Metal Shredding
  • Megastructures: World's Fastest Roller Coaster
  • Megastructures: Spaceport America
    Time was, if you wanted to leave earth, you needed a government ride. But in the very desert that helped give birth to the Space Age, Spaceport America will rise. The space version of an airport, it's a revolution in travel, with a revolutionary design to match. Yet the spaceport faces a world of hurdles. "Probably the most complicated project I've ever been on," says an engineer. The site sits in the middle of nowhere: no roads, no water, no power. And the spaceport won't be built unless a rancher controlling the land for a runway changes her mind.
  • Megastructures: Dubai's Palm Island
    In the Arabian Gulf, large artificial islands are being constructed and fashioned in the shape of massive palm trees. ‘Megastructures’ tells the story of the race to build this new engineering feat.
  • Megastructures: Panama Canal
  • Megastructures: Ultimate roller coaster
    THE ULTIMATE ROLLER COASTER is a one-hour MegaStructures special exploring the latest in roller coaster engineering and technology. We'll follow the building of KINGDA KA - the world's fastest and tallest roller coaster ride. Designed to speed from 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds and soaring a record-setting 45 stories, KINGDA KA is a structural giant. We'll follow designers testing their creations, reveal state of the art technology, and witness its entire construction from start to finish
  • Megastructures: Ultimate Vegas Casino
    Explore the incredible building, design & operation of The Venetian Casino in Las Vegas - set to be the world's largest hotel in 2006. See how did the masterminds replicated Venice on the Vegas Strip.
    Next Showing:  
    Wednesday 12 September at 11:00AM - National Geographic Channel
  • Megastructures: Busan Geoje:Korean Superlink
  • Megastructures: Reinventing Hoover dam
    Hoover Dam is regarded as an engineering masterpiece and an American icon. But what if it did not exist today? How would engineers build it today? In this one-hour program, we ask a team of engineers what they would do the same, and what they would do differently...as we re-invent Hoover Dam.
  • Megastructures: Life on Mars
  • Megastructures: Extreme Roller Coaster
    Take a ride on the adrenaline-fuelled tracks of a 60-metre high Roller Coaster built by an army of engineers, designers and master technicians in one of the world’s greatest roller coaster factories.
  • Megastructures: Karcham Wangtoo DAM
  • Megastructures: Burj Khalifa
    Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, took 7 years to construct & cost a staggering $1.5 billion. This is the story of a construction challenge that pushed engineering to new limits … & beyond.
    Next Showing:  
    Tuesday 4 September at 2:00PM - National Geographic Channel
  • Megastructures: London’s Olympic Stadium
    In the summer of 2012, the eyes of the world have been focused on a sporting megastructure: London's Olympic Stadium - the centerpiece of the 2012 Games. t's a milestone in sporting architecture. Designed to be different, Stadium 2012 is the world's first "demountable" Olympic Stadium. Bolted together like a giant Meccano set, the 80,000-seat arena can be taken apart and downsized to a 25,000-seat athletics venue after the games. But creating a stadium that's lighter and tighter is a massive undertaking, fraught with challenges. Does London have an Olympic arena to be proud of? Or will this go down in history as the stadium that failed to impress?
  • Megastructures: Dubai's Dream Palace
    Standing taller than the Eiffel Tower, Dubai's Burj Al Arab is an architectural icon of the 21st Century. Witness the birth of this historic triumph.
  • Megastructures: Gardens by the Bay
  • Megastructures: Korean Superlink
  • Megastructures: China’s Smart Tower
    The Pearl River Tower is one of the first of a new generation of super smart buildings. It will use less than half the energy of a conventional skyscraper and will harvest the forces of nature to make energy of its own. With a curved facade that faces directly into the wind, the Pearl River Tower in China's Guangzhou City is shaped for performance. With a design specific to its environment, the Pearl River Tower utilizes a multitude of energy efficient technologies in one single structure, and symbolizes the future for super-tall building design.
  • Megastructures: Delhi IGI Airport T3
    Nat Geo follows the team of engineers as they faced mind-numbing challenges while building Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3 - against the backdrop of a looming deadline.
  • Megastructures: Eco School
    Next Showing:  
    Wednesday 5 September at 11:00AM - National Geographic Channel
  • Megastructures: Burg Khalifa
  • Megastructures: Coca Cola
    With a famously secretive recipe – and a hugely successful brand – find out what really goes into making the all-conquering American beverage – Coca Cola.
  • Megastructures: Steam Drillers
    Join "Mega Green Tech" as it journeys around the globe in search of what is perhaps the Earth's most available green energy: geothermal power. Visit Iceland, where an abundance of geothermal energy is helping Icelanders achieve an incredible 70% green energy use overall. Explore the world's largest geothermal power complex in northern California, and hear from scientists and visionaries racing to help geothermal technology not just dig deeper into the Earth's hottest layers but also to try to expand the potential of geothermal power across the planet.
  • Megastructures: China Smart tower
  • Megastructures: Sun Engine
    We travel the globe to visit new massive solar power facilities and to explore cutting edge research & technology all of which must grapple with one big hurdle: what to do when the sun isn’t shining?
    Next Showing:  
    Monday 10 September at 11:00AM - National Geographic Channel
  • Megastructures: The Impossible Build
    The renovated California Academy of Sciences - the world's largest green public building - emerges from the landscape of Golden Gate Park. Viewed from the air, the undulating living roof resembles a piece of the park flying as if by magic. But the apparition belies an institution grounded in science. The mega-structure is home to a planetarium, rain forest, natural history museum and the world's deepest coral reef display, all under one mega-green roof. In this hour, we follow the incredible story of the building, from initial concept, through construction challenges, to the grand finale of moving the plants and animals in. The museum is like a modern day Noah's Ark, housing 38,000 animals and 20 million research specimens. The design, executed mostly in glass, is breathtaking. But there's a catch… It's sitting in the heart of one of the world's most renowned earthquake zones. The design requires exceptional innovation. Architects and engineers must learn to work with - not against - one of nature's greatest forces.
  • Megastructures: Dubai's Palm Islands
    In the Arabian Gulf, large artificial islands are being constructed and fashioned in the shape of massive palm trees. ‘Megastructures’ tells the story of the race to build this new engineering feat.
  • Megastructures: Beijing Water Cube
  • Megastructures: Power Tower
    Witness the Bahrain World Trade Center. Two 50-story glass "sails" rise over 240 meters into the sky along the shores of the Persian (Arabian) Gulf. This unique architectural marvel is powered in part by a revolutionary new means for a building this size - wind. It's the world's first large-scale integration of wind turbines into a skyscraper. Three massive turbines will supply clean power to the buildings. In this hour, we explore the science behind the concept and discover how engineers and construction crews attempt to tackle this audacious project. In an oil-rich region of the world, the team transforms the vision to reality and looks to the future, committed to a renewable energy source of mega proportions.
  • Megastructures: Episode 1
  • Megastructures: Hoover Dam Reinvented
    What if the Hoover Dam did not exist today? In this 1hr program, we ask a team of engineers what they would do the same, and what they would do differently...if they had to build the Hoover Dam today.



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